SA’s neighbours must weigh in on land expropriation
If farmers lose land and are not compensated this will negatively affect leveraged farming, thereby disrupting food security in the entire southern African region
The outcomes of the national election place one key question in the minds of all farmers — what are their likely effect on the expropriation without compensation debate? Having recently visited Luxembourg, where Agri SA represented the interests of the SA agriculture value chain at the World Farmers’ Organisation, I can safely say the rest of the world would also like some clarity, but for broader reasons.
Food security is not limited to the country or even a specific region, as SA provides a large percentage of the food consumed by the subcontinent. Should section 25 of the constitution again face amendment, it is not only SA farmers who face increased risk — the entire region is under threat of being destabilised...